USA Center for Disease Control Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP)

The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides on-the-job training for professionals to apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs. While working in CDC programs to enhance our agency’s informatics workforce, fellows help state and local health departments and international public health agencies solve complex public health informatics challenges.

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program fellow and CDC Cairo office data manager collaborate in assessing data management workflows for International Emerging Infections Program, Cairo, Egypt.

Public health informatics is the systematic application of knowledge about systems that capture, manage, analyze and use information to improve population health. The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides applied public health informatics training to fellows to apply computer science and information technology to public health problems.

PHIFP is a 2-year, competency-based training program in public health informatics. Fellows are placed in assignments in centers and offices across CDC where they gain experiential training to enhance the agency’s informatics workforce.

The following list includes routine tasks for PHIFP fellows:

  • Working with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems.
  • Conducting informatics evaluations on complex public health information systems.
  • Contributing to CDC’s emergency response activities.
  • Providing technical assistance to state and local health departments and international public health agencies through short-term assignments, or Info-Aids.

PHIFP aims to provide robust informatics capacity primarily to CDC, but also to other public health organizations. This fellowship:

  • Provides extensive training and experience preparing professionals to solve cutting-edge informatics issues in public health.
  • Ensure that fellows receive experience a curriculum that comprises 10% course work and 90% on-the-job training in both informatics and public health.

Fellows have helped to improve the implementation of information systems and conducted informatics evaluation projects.

Application Information

To apply for PHIFP, you must

  • Meet the educational, informatics, public health, and research experience outlined below.
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program.
  • Be willing to relocate to your assignment.
Key Dates


August 5, 2019 Application period opens.
November 4, 2019 Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

February 2020 Selected applicants invited to interview.
February and March 2020 Interviews conducted at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or by telephone. Candidates who wish to interview in person are responsible for their travel expenses.Candidates notified of acceptance into PHIFP
Summer 2020 PHIFP fellowship begins.



Application period for the PHIFP Class of 2020 is open now through November 4, 2019.

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